While it is important to have goals, I figure that folks somehow need to develop the desire for goaling. While it makes sense to seize opportunity as it floats by, you gotta' be able to recognize that opportunity when it is staring in your face. In other words I'm gonna' suggest a foundation needed to do these things. Sort of a Going Back to the Roots thing.
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Let's imagine you decided to plant a little garden -- just to see if you could actually make something grow. You dig up and weed a little plot of ground. Very tenderly you plant a kernel of corn. Then a foot or so away you plant a seed of Nightshade. Now Nightshade is deadly poisonous to humans and I don't know why you are planting this because I can't see into your brain and I am concerned about you and -- oh never mind.
Proud of your deed you gently add fertilizer and water it. Every day you visit your garden and pull weeds out and lovingly water it. After a while, guess what happens?
The picture of the left is your corn stalk, the result of you time and effort. The one on the right is Nightshade, also the result of your time and effort. Actually, the Nightshade is kinda' pretty.
That's the story. See ya' later and have a good day.
Huh? No -- it's not a stupid story. There is deep meaning here. Consider:
The soil is like your mind -- fertile and vibrant and ready to accept whatever you plant. If you plant a kernel of corn, a good and productive and healthy idea -- and water it and tend to it with supportive and kind and warm thoughts -- it will produce a wonderful plant. You idea will flourish. When you plant Nightshade -- feed it with thoughts of doubt and fear and nourish it with a fertilizer of hate and distrust, it too will produce a magnificent plant. Your mind will produce in abundance whatever you plant. The mind simply doesn't care. What you sow you shall reap.
Now when I listened to this Earl Nightingale story as a youngster I wasn't too impressed. But as years passed I begin to discover that if I began to doubt myself it was so easy to add fertilizer to that doubt, justifying the truth of it and I would become fearful and timid in my actions. How could I establish goals or take advantage of opportunity when my life was governed by a perception of my own inability? But then I would look around and see calm and confident people and I could actually see them feeding their corn plant by the way they would latch onto nifty ideas and thoughts and would calmly reject weeds in their garden -- stuff that would pull them away. More and more I thought about the garden thing and it donned on me that I am truly the gardener and I could plant whatever I liked. It took me a while to figure out that I can grow corn, and I am pleased with the result.
I guess it boils down to: "You are what you think about -- all day long." Riches? I'm not so sure about that. Success? Well, I figure the odds increase pretty dramatically if you are happy with yourself and you have a pretty good idea where you are going and you learn how to make your family life rewarding because that feeds your garden and when you walk into a room people are pleased to see you because you see them as major assets to your life and instead of waking up each morning fearful and dreading the day, you wake up pleased and looking forward to what you can accomplish......well, I would consider that pretty successful.
I quickly learned that fear, paranoia, sadness, and hate will explode within you and make you someone that I don't want to be around. I just don't want to wake up each morning afraid. I want to wake up more than that -- hopeful, excited and grateful.
That's what I learned from Earl from that 33 rpm record way back in the 1950's. It's something to consider.